A Chinese woman was accused in Chicago for supposedly providing fake documents to higher than 2,600 student-visa holders who wanted to prolong their stays illegally in the USA after their graduation as long as 6 years.
Weiyun or Huang was charged with fraud and conspiracy for providing false employment records, financial records, and tax papers, as per the federal indictment opened 26 July 2019. She has remained in custody since her arrest in March in California, John R. Lausch Jr., the US attorney in Chicago, told in a statement.
Huang aged 30, and the phony firms she supposedly created obtained about USD 2 million from students attempting false paperwork to qualify for extensions of their visa, as per the indictment. She promoted her services in China on the websites of the Job Hungers of North America and Chinese Looking for Job through WeChat messaging platform, prosecutors told.
International students containing F-1 visas can live in the U.S. after completing their graduation if they obtain temporary jobs in their area of study, with some qualifying for more extended stays beneath H-1B visas if they have skills in science and technology. For a fee, Huang supposedly provided false documents such as letters of job-offer, payroll documents, and tax reports, prosecutors told.
A fewer number of students were from an anonymous university in Chicago, as per the indictment, which quoted many unnamed individuals who bought the false documents but were not charged.
Each count of visa scam carries a fine of as much as ten years in prison, while collusion is five years, prosecutors told.
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